By: Michael Samuels
Within every fighter’s chest beats the heart of a beast, a beast that needs to be fed. The feeding comes in the form of competition, blood, sweat, and tears. A fighter’s courage mounts daily as he trains and becomes stronger and more confident in his abilities.
Being an amateur fighter, there is no fame, there is no fortune. Fighting in front of wild crowds, in strange venues, why would you put your mind and body through such punishments? I spent some time speaking with an amateur fighter by the name of Jay Page who has been fighting in the amateur ranks since 2004 and he loves what he does. Along with fighting Jay has a regular job. He has his daughters to take care of and basically a whole life outside of getting into the cage. When you speak to him, you do not hear a punchy guy. He thinks about his answers and he gives them to you in only a way that he can. I will say this, do not let the smiling exterior fool you. If you are across the ring from him that could be a costly mistake.
The Laughing Assassin, aka Jay Page, is a pure fighter, no more, no less. Jay is affiliated with the ISKA Cage Brawl. He is a Mixed Martial Artist in the purest sense of the term. He is from Kingsport, TN. He has a huge heart and lives to be in pugilistic combat. Throwing punches and kicks at a furious pace. He can take you down, ground and pound you, or he can submit you with any of various techniques that he has in his arsenal. Even at the age of 39 the fire still burns hot in Jay. He trains hard for his Coach Brenden Bohannon to keep his mind and body in great shape to take the punishment that he loves so much. Jay has studied Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, and of course Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Fighting since 2004 he has amassed a record of 9 wins and 3 losses. Is he ready to hang up his gloves? I don’t think so. Jay may sound like a throw back and maybe he is. He loves being in the gym and the smell of sweat and all the things that are associated with the fight game. When Jay steps out of the ring after a fight, he is ready to kick it and have a good time, many times having a cold one with an opponent that he has just choked out. Jay is two people: there is family guy and funny guy, and then there is the Laughing Assassin who will knock you out. Either one that you meet is a great guy. For him fighting is not about rage or pent up aggression, it is all about the competition and the love of the sport.